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Out and About – Week of January 21st

“I don’t snore.” A common phrase heard by many. You have to look hard to find someone who will admit to snoring. Just about everyone snores at one time or another. If you sleep best by sleeping on your back, the chances are you snore. Snoring is not a problem if you sleep alone. This is one reason that some married couples don’t share the same bed, or even the same bedroom.

There are several ways to deal with snoring. Whether you want to try them out depends on how important it is to you to sleep with your partner. Here are a few ways you can sleep without causing the bedroom windows to vibrate from the noise:

Sleep on your side. To insure that you do this, use pillows or foam wedges to keep yourself on your side. You can even sew a pocket on the back of a T-shirt and place a tennis ball inside it. Should you roll onto your back, the discomfort will force you to turn back to your side.
Try to maintain your correct weight. Being overweight is a big factor and it contributes to the snoring problem. By losing five or ten pounds, a person can dramatically reduce the frequency and intensity of a snoring episode.
Invest in a cool-mist humidifier for the bedroom. The humidifier will help keep your nasal passages from drying out. This will help reduce the likelihood of you snoring.
If you use alcohol or are a smoker, your chances of snoring are increased. Alcohol relaxes the muscles of the throat. This increases your chances of snoring. Smoking promotes nasal congestion which can also lead to snoring.
As a last resort, you might consider buying your sleeping partner a pair of earplugs.
I use a CPAP machine every night because of a sleep disorder. I’m pretty sure this prevents me from snoring. There are quite a few sleep aids out there that seem to cure the snoring issue. I’ve never tried any of them, so I can’t say for sure that they work.

Some more thoughtful quotes to share:

“You have to be with a child today to be in his memory tomorrow.” – Steffen T. Krachmer
“We are all manufacturers. Some make good, others make trouble and still others make excuses.” – Anon.
“Each one reach one.” – African Proverb
“It takes a village to raise a child.” – African Proverb
“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” – Goethe
I’ve had several friends ask me where I find things to write about for this column. I tell them that I have several books containing words of wisdom, plus I share things that other columnists have written. I’m pretty sure my mother would be proud to know that I am reading more now than I did when I was younger. Pam Young, a columnist with the “Times Record/Roane County Reporter”, offered some words that I’d like to share with you. This is from her column of Thursday, November 22, 2018:

“Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in. Forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on yesterdays.”

Don’t expect to see a change if you don’t make one.

See you Out and About!

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